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Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: renovation
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:50:08 PM »
A number of about 26' boats by Herreshoff.  Picture?  And is that 26' LWL or LOA ?

Herreshoff Sailing Vessel Classes / Re: "S" Boat 100th Anniversary!
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:10:54 PM »
Hi Charles.  The registry shows you to be in Noank.  Can you confirm your email address?  I'll get you on our contact list.

You can email me directly at

Always great to make another "S" contact!


Herreshoff Sailing Vessel Classes / Re: S boat spinnaker
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:32:02 PM »
Finally got all the hardware for the spinnaker!  She's all rigged and ready to go.  Found original gear!

Herreshoff Sailing Vessel Classes / "S" Boat 100th Anniversary!
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:30:17 PM »
Join us "S" boat fans next year for a number of events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the class!

Let me know if you need contact info.  Events will be in the Western Sound around Larchmont, as well as in Narragansett bay.  With special things at the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol.

Plans are well under way!


Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: #1385 S Boat "Clara J"
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:27:40 PM »
A little boat history update:  I got a great letter from Fred Bieberbach, the marine surveyor who did my survey.  I ended up meeting him for the first time this winter.  He attended Warren Barker's talk the Herreshoff Museum this winter, and ran into some old family friends.  Turns out that their dad was 'Unk' Allen (Godfrey) who passed away in 2008.  But he realized it was 'Unk' who did the partial restoration on Clara J around 1970!  More pieces to the life of an "S" boat!

Restoration / Re: Spin pole track?
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:27:27 PM »
Western Sound yes.  Good idea to try Narragansett.


Restoration / Spin pole track?
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:58:23 PM »
Would anyone know where to find a mast track for a spin pole, for an "S" boat?

I have 'Clara J', hull 1385, restored by IYRS in 2014.  And I've got all the hardware I need to rig for a chute except the track and car for the pole.

Almost there!


Herreshoff Sailing Vessel Classes / S boat spinnaker
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:30:03 PM »
I am rigging my boat, 'Clara J', hull 1385, for spinnaker.  Does anyone know what the original "Spinnaker Boom Slide" length would have been?  I believe it was pattern 12141 and the drawing would have been 77-79 .  And its position on the mast?


Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: 12 1/2 named Jamie
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:46:21 PM »
Oh, not to mention that HMC was certainly not building 12 1/2s in 1981!


Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: 12 1/2 named Jamie
« on: April 21, 2017, 08:44:27 PM »
There seems to be some confusion with this boat.  It seems that #1376 was not actually built, and that the number and plate were given to another boat.


Maybe the Museum knows more.  It's often the case that a lot more info is floating out there than can be found in the web sites.

Also, my own boat was built in '36, even though it has a later number.  And this boat shows a 1938 date.  Not totally uncommon, but if two years out of sync it raises questions about the original.  This might be a replica plate too.  Hard to tell.  Maybe the current owner knows the last few owners and names.  'Minx' was also not an uncommon name.

The database entry on this site shows some interesting details too.  Previous owners and such.

'Clara J'
"S" Boat hull # 1385

Restoration / Re: Lucky Pierre's #966 Structural Restoration
« on: January 07, 2017, 09:35:52 PM »
Welcome to the S-Boat caretakers group!  Mine is 'Clara J' #1385 restored by IYRS in 2014.  You will love her this season!


Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: Cynthia
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:48:26 PM »
Very cute.  Looks like my boat's little sister.  (I have the IYRS restored "S" boat 'Clara J', hull #1385)

What water is she sailing?


Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Fishers Island 23 for sale - good as new!
« on: June 25, 2015, 10:39:43 PM »
The International Yacht Restoration School of Technology and Trades (aka IYRS) is still trying to find a home for the H23 they restored this year.

If interested, Google IYRS Boats for sale, and contact Terry Nathan directly.

Beautiful boat, Sydney Herreshoff design, same as described in my posts about my family's H23 "Tigress" (#1222) in the "Specific Boats" section of the forum.

(Happy owner of the IYRS "S" boat 'Clara J' that the 2014 class did)

Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: #1385 S Boat "Clara J"
« on: June 25, 2015, 10:32:21 PM »
Great start to the season!  Also just started racing with Setauket Yacht Club in Port Jefferson, on Long Island.

We won our first race!

Since the "S" boats tend to race as a one design, I had no idea how we would do sailing PHRF.  Well, the answer is, very well!

We won on adjusted time, but actually crossed the line second, still ahead of boats who owed us time!  And also ahead of some boats we owed time to.

Nice start to the season.

The last race was cancelled just before the start due to T-storms.  We got caught out in one though.  Another boat's anemometer read 45 kts!  We sort of ended up in what I would say is a 'controlled broach' with the boom in the water, 90 degrees out to port.  But she only heeled so far and then we just sat there until we got the jib eased and she came up, at which point she took of like a rocket.  Don't want to do that again, but I was seriously happy for the "S" boat's 55% ballast!


Specific Herreshoff Vessels / #1385 S Boat "Clara J"
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:06:30 PM »
Just creating a new thread here under "Specific Boats", now that the restoration is complete and I have half a season in the water with her.

She is now settling in for the winter out in Greenport Long Island at Donn Costanzo's Wooden Boatworks.

Also, for you "S" fans, I heard from Ken Upham, the author of the "History and Register of the Herreshoff S Class" back in 1994 for the 75th anniversary of the class.  He is planning to update the book for the 100th in a few years.  He'll be looking for updates.  He was also able to provide me with more details about my boat.  Seems she has had quite the life.  Built in '36, she was damaged in the hurricane of '38.  Another "S" was destroyed (possibly "Daphnia"), and had parts from that boat used to repair her.  Maybe even the Keel.  So "Clara J" may now carry the soul of a couple of boats in addition to the new life the IYRS students and staff gave her.


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